WION Web Team Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
Jul 11, 2019, 03.13 PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan blamed ageing, poorly maintained rail infrastructure after 11 people lost their lives and many suffered injuries when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore rammed into a goods train that had stopped at a crossing.
The Akbar Express, heading to the western city of Quetta from Lahore, crashed into the freight train in the Sadiqabad area of Punjab province's southern Rahim Yar Khan district, destroying five carriages and trapping passengers, a Reuters report said.
Rescue workers freed the wounded by cutting through the twisted metal of the carriages and dozens were taken to hospital, the report said quoting police officers.
Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a statement of condolence in which he blamed the infrastructure of Pakistan's colonial-era railway network which has fallen into disrepair due to chronic under-investment and poor maintenance.
Saddened to learn of train accident in Sadiqabad. My condolences to the victims families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards.